In November last year, The Smith Street Band tore apart The Triffid in Brisbane and told the adoring crowd that a new record was about ready to drop and to keep an ear to the ground for the details. Today the band delivered, setting a delivery date for their fourth album. More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me will be released on 7 April via their brand new label Pool House Records.
And let’s face it, The Smith Street Band tour the country about 40 times a year so some local date announcements can’t be too far away for anyone wanting to catch the band live this year.
The announcement coincides with the release of new track Birthdays, a follow-up to the successful first cut from the album, Death To The Lads. ‘Lads, with its upbeat tempo and anthemic chorus fast became a fan favourite and rolled into number 21 on Triple J’s Hottest 100 for 2016.
Birthdays is another rocking cut from the new album following a stream of manic consciousness as vocalist, Wil Wagner, meets a girl on a Hobart pier. The track starts off delicately with fingerpicked chords but it’s only a matter of time before the distortion hits and Wagner’s narrative begins and he imagines a future with this woman “dressed in basically matching shirts jaywalking together across petrified earth”.
The Smithies are arguably the hardest touring band in Australia and as such the new album was mainly written on the road. The band plays almost annually at festivals in Europe and the UK as well as doing long runs of dates in the US, amassing a huge wealth of life experience to write about and there’s no sign that they plan on slowing down.
More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me comes out on 7 April. Pre-orders are available online.